What are you "Panning" for?
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
LIVING WILL INFORMATION
While a man was watching the Superbowl yesterday, he and his wife and
got into a conversation about life and death, and the need for living
wills during half-time, of course! During the conversation he told
her that he never wanted to
exist in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and taking fluids
from a bottle.
She got up, unplugged the TV and grabbed the beer out of his hand!
-sent by one of my favorite readers, my cousin Dawn, from Lansing MI
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Remember hearing of the great Gold Rush? Men traveled across the
country, or by sea, leaving homes and families for a chance to strike it
rich. I wonder how many really did? A few did, of course, but I wonder
how it changed their lives. Were their lives really changed for the
They risked life and limb traveling over treacherous lands in search of
treasures. Some made it. Some never did. If they did make it to
California, they lived in tents and shacks. They had to buy supplies,
and fire, violence and disease swept through settlements. In the
beginning, it was almost easy to find the gold, which ran down the
streams. Big strikes were found many miles away from each other,
causing small rushes as news was carried from camp to camp, and men
eager to find a new chance to strike it rich. Merchant ships bringing
supplies to San Francisco were left abandoned by their crews, also in
search of riches, and turned into floating restaurants, saloons, and
boarding houses while San Francisco was being built. Some made their
fortunes as businessmen and builders without ever setting foot on gold
fields. Some ships were later even turned into landfill!
One result was California becoming a part of America, and then becoming
a state in 1850, sooner than it ever would have, due to the population
We all pan for things, too. And we may be "panning" while the
real gold is all around us. Our families, for one. How often do we
realize the wealth that is our family? A friend's son was home from
a training school for several weeks. When I saw him, I asked each time
how his son was doing. "Oh, he's off with his friends." Was
always the answer. I encouraged him to take his son for lunch. After
his son left, I asked if he'd gotten to take his son to lunch.
"No, he was just too busy." Too busy to go to lunch with his
dad? He missed an opportunity to spend time with one of his biggest
fans. I wish he knew how highly his dad speaks of him. How proud his
dad is of him. One day, I hope he will.
But we all pan for things that, in the long run, will never really
matter. Achievement is one thing. But we all chase the wind, at times.
That job that pays well is not the answer if you have to work 60+ hours
a week. No big house, new car, or expensive vacation is worth
sacrificing your family. It's the simple things that matter, being
there when your child takes her first steps, taking the grandkids to the
beach, watching the smiles on their faces when they discover a lady bug,
or find a worm. We make these moments happen when we slow down and let
them come to us.
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"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it
yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To
convince them, you must yourself believe." ~` Winston Churchill
"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most
deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which
says, `This is the real me,' and when you have found that
attitude, follow it." ~~William James
"Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession
is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity
that it becomes spiritual in calling." ~~ Vincent Van Gogh
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If you are enjoying the seasonal "Pumpkin Spice Creamer" that
came out with this past holiday, you might try simply using an extra
teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of powdered creamer, and a small sprinkle
of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to make your coffee taste like a holiday
for only pennies instead buying the creamer. Or, keep a small container
already mixed. Flavor to taste and enjoy any time of year. Add a few
drops of mint flavoring and cocoa or chocolate syrup for the peppermint
spice flavor. If you haven't tried them, they really are yummy!
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One 12-ounce can of soda contains 9 teaspoons of sugar. That is equal to
about 1/4 cup of sugar and the average American drinks about two cans a
day, equaling 1/2 cup of sugar and 300 calories of negative nutrition.
Get out your measuring cups and put 1/2 cup of sugar in it. Would you
give this to anyone you love? These are empty, and expensive calories.
Get used to drinking water, milk (good for the kids), tea, or water with
a lemon or orange slice. Who says everything we eat has to be sweet?
Save soda for a rare treat.
Keeping it Simple,
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